The Past

The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.

L. P. Hartley   1895-1972 

Friday, 28 January 2011

Stretford - St . Matthew

A few more pictures of the church of St. Matthew.

It has quite a pleasant interior - nice and bright ...


Thursday, 27 January 2011

Stretford - St . Matthew

The church of St. Matthew can be found on the Chester Road in Stretford. There has been a church on the site since at least 1592 (the date of the earliest parish register)

The present building was completed in 1842 and extended in 1861 to seat 1,070 people.


Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Stretford - Civic Hall / Town Hall

This rather ornate building was called the Civic Hall when I lived in Stretford and I understand it is now called Stretford Public Hall - I guess the local politicians thought the world civic too upmarket.

It was called the Town Hall but was never actually used for that. Built in 1878 by John Rylands it was bought after his death by the Council for £5000 and used for educational purposes.


Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Stretford - Bridgewater Canal

The Bridgewater Canal at Stretford - the whole scene looks desolate - a lick of paint and more needed on these boats.


ABC Wednesday - B

B is for Bury in Lancashire ..... famous for it's market, black puddings and Sir Robert Peel.

Hope you enjoyed this photo trip around the centre of Bury !!!

Keep Blogging ...


Monday, 24 January 2011

Stretford - Stretford Mall

When I lived in Stretford many many years ago the Stretford Mall was known as the Arndale Centre.

Built about fifty years ago it enveloped the main shopping centre and all the little shops and adjoining roads disappeared. Leaving the centre to my mind without any character.


Monday, 17 January 2011

Sofia - the Bar

Handy little bar with good Wifi connection.

Good range of food ...

Note the semi wild dog sleeping on the road.


Saturday, 15 January 2011


Paint that wall !!


Miserable day

What a miserable day ... rain rain rain.

It's cold, wet and very damp.

Half time in the football - Manchester City can only manage a draw with Wolves but Rochdale are 1 up against Leyton Orient.

Let's hope the weather will improve by Sunday !!


Thursday, 13 January 2011

Sofia - Stalls and Park

A quiet and peaceful area of Sofia.

Just the place to set up your stall and sell a few items ..


Monday, 10 January 2011

Famous in Sofia - 2

I wonder who this is ? Must be famous !!


Sunday, 9 January 2011

Famous in Sofia - 1

More photos from Bulgaria this week ..

Not sure who this fellow is but I guess that he must be famous.


Friday, 7 January 2011


It's back - MORE SNOW

As I write the snow is falling again.

So another day indoors bored and comfort eating ...

Roll on the Spring.


Tuesday, 4 January 2011


The North of England had a small earthquake last night in the Leeds area which was felt over most parts of Yorkshire.

It happened at 21.03 and was of a magnitude 3.7 at a depth of 10 km. No damage was reported.

This comes after a 3.5 magnitude earthquake on the 21st of December at Coniston in the Lake District.

Let's hope that that is the end of it now and the quakes are not moving around the country ..


Saturday, 1 January 2011

Times are changing ..

I have observed this Christmas and New Year two changes in the lives of folk in downtown Heywood.

Caused by some extent to the economic downturn no doubt.

Firstly the reduced number of Christmas lights adorning houses - neighbours no longer seem to try and outdo one another with the number of flashing jolly elves and reindeer in their gardens. Perhaps the bad weather has had something to do with this or perhaps like me everyone is getting older and can not be bothered due to the physical effort involved.

New Year is usually a very noisy time with a deluge of noisy fireworks - but this year very quiet ... it seems that the in thing is to set off Chinese lanterns. I was not aware that this was the latest craze. Perhaps they are cheaper than fireworks !!

I must try to keep up with the latest fashions.


Penguins - move your cursor and take them for a walk !!

Say it as it is ......

Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land amongst the stars.

Look around !!!

What is this life, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare?

W. H. Davies  1870-1940